There are only a few days left until Halloween, and pumpkins, ghosts, goblins, and creepy things are everywhere. While Halloween scares or offends some, most individuals love it. It provides ample opportunities for outlandish decorating, eating candy, and dressing up in elaborate costumes. What’s not to love?
Here at Segmation, we appreciate this time of year. Not only do we enjoy creating Halloween-themed products for our customers; we also love seeing art that reminds us of the soon-approaching night of fright. Read on to discover just a few art pieces that are all at once stylish, classic, and pretty darn scary.
The Lady of Shalott (1888)
The Lady of Shalott, painted by John William Waterhouse, is as beautiful as it is frightening to those who understand its meaning. Based on the 1832 poem The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the painting depicts a woman about to face her death. Wikipedia states, “…the painting is filled with metaphoric references. The Lady has a lantern at the front of her boat; in the poem by Tennyson and reflected in Waterhouse’s image it will soon be dark. Also, with a closer look, we can see a crucifix positioned near the front of the bow, and the Lady is gazing right over it. Next to the crucifix are three candles. Candles were a representation of life – two of the candles are already blown out, signifying that her death is soon to come.” Does this painting give you chills, or is it just us?
Autumn Landscape (1885)
Vincent Van Gogh sure knew how to paint a feast for the senses. His piece Autumn Landscape embodies Fall in all its glories. www.vangogh.net stated, “Autumn Landscape reflects his increasing use of colour, a factor that would truly manifest itself after his arrival in Paris. He has painted the ground as a flat area of colour from which the spindly trees rise up. The junction of tree to ground is rather unnatural, but the trees themselves are fluently pointed and realistic, and the sense of distance created through the long avenue of trees is convincing.” Just looking at this painting gives us the feeling that Halloween is right on our heels. How about you?
Orange, Red, Yellow (1961)
A work of art doesn’t need to be blatantly Autumn-themed to remind us of the approach of Halloween. Just the color scheme of some pieces is enough to make one dream of it. For example, Orange, Red, Yellow, a Mark Rothko painting, features shades of, well, orange, red, and yellow. Besides black, these hues are perhaps the most closely associated with Halloween.
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